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Let's build characters...oh and have pie!

In fiction writing, authors create dynamic characters by many methods, almost always by using their imagination. Jenna Blum in The Author at Work described three ways of creating vivid characters:

A magic character comes into the author's head and "lives there", sometimes "dictates their story" to the author.

A borrowed character is created by taking an emblematic quality or character trait from a real person, plugging that trait into a fictional situation, and then the author uses imagination to transform the character into a unique construct.

A made-up character is created from the "ground up", often starting from expediency as a two-dimensional creation which the author then tries to get to know better, sometimes by adding trouble and conflict

We will look at our character creation process, what type of character we usually make and make a character by examining the "life" of the character that shapes them prior to our stories.

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  • John J Walton J.

    Just wanted to let everyone know that I changed around my ManDragon story line some. Based on a suggestion by Steph?? I am rethinking the main character's killed off friend of 11 years old to be a girl instead of a boy. This will affect several other things later in the main character's life. I will explain more at the next meeting to see what everyone thinks.
    This is the reason I love coming to the meetings. To get some fresh ideas and to think a little differently about my stuff.
    THANKS!!

    2 · March 3, 2014

  • Lisa T.

    Bobby always leads a great discussion on practical writing application. It's also great to bounce ideas off of each other and just get a reaction from people.

    1 · February 27, 2014

  • Patty K.

    This was wonderful! Bobby is an excellent teacher and motivator, and it was fun hearing about other people's characters and stories and exchanging ideas.

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • John J Walton J.

    Is there a way that I can attach files to one of these posts? I downloaded 3 files that have Sci-Fi prompts in them. I would like to pass them along. Or do I have to give the name and URL of each file so people can download them themselves?

    February 25, 2014

    • RM W.

      I would just link them so everyone can go there on their own.

      February 25, 2014

  • RM W.

    We seem to be losing people...ah well, I will be there around 7 pm and after ordering we'll get into it. I want to start with a quick intro on the characters and then we can begin examining conflict development for each. Looking to see you all there.

    February 25, 2014

  • Tara N.

    I just wanted to share with everyone that I have completed my entire manuscript (with the exception of the epilogue) and have done my own initial editing to prepare it for "real" editing - which I'm really excited about! Also - my due date (for my real life baby, not my book baby) is in less than a week! Exciting times! Hoping all of you are well!

    1 · February 22, 2014

    • debbi

      Wow, congrats on both wonderful events! Can't wait to read & see the emerging baby bump, assuming you make it to Wed. So much to celebrate & anticipate.

      February 23, 2014

    • Tara N.

      I actually have a "baby class" on Wednesday night so I won't be able to make it, but I definitely will keep you all updated! :)

      February 23, 2014

  • RM W.

    Have a character in mind. Be it one you have been working on, using or a general idea of a character. We'll work through fleshing the character out via conflict and resolution.

    1 · February 18, 2014

    • debbi

      Also, character fleshing - is that the focus for all of us on Wed. meeting?

      February 23, 2014

    • RM W.

      Yes. I'll tell you at Zoto's.

      February 23, 2014

  • RM W.

    I know I shouldn't have to tell writers, but please bring your favorite writing instruments with you. It makes it difficult to work on things when people don't bring something to write with/on.

    February 21, 2014

  • Theresa Holgate K.

    Work's been crazy. I miss you all. I hope to return soon.

    2 · February 20, 2014

    • RM W.

      We'll be here when you return.

      February 21, 2014

  • Patty K.

    Looking forward to finally making it to one of these meetings!

    1 · February 21, 2014

    • RM W.

      Yay. Patty is a friend and writer who runs another writer's group. She has a blog site where she discusses topics and shares writing but we can all exchange info when we meet. Remember part of being a writer is networking.

      1 · February 21, 2014

  • Liz

    looking forward to this

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • John J Walton J.

    Everyone
    I almost have my Web/Blog Site finished. Or at least to the point where I can change some things on a regular basis and start blogging. Still learning about how to blog and working the tool I am using.
    The address is http://jjwjrwriting.weebly.com/
    Please check it out when you get a few minutes and comment on whatever you like or not like or want to see change. I would appreciate you stress testing the site and let me know if something is not working.
    I can talk about the site a little more at the next meeting.
    THANKS!

    1 · February 13, 2014

    • RM W.

      John having people down load your story as a PDF is iffy. I read stories or articles on the site where I find them, if I do download a PDF it is not a story. Personally I would fix that so that they can read it on your site. I have several stories on mine that can be read and I believe I have it open for comments.

      February 20, 2014

    • John J Walton J.

      Thanks! I will try to figure out how to do that.

      February 20, 2014

  • Lisa T.

    You don't mind if I skip the pie, though, right? Gluten is not kind to me...:)

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • RM W.

      No pie for you!!!...

      February 19, 2014

  • Lisa T.

    Sounds good. See you there!

    1 · February 19, 2014

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